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Woman covered North Korean’s face with cloth at KLIA, say police

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 14/2/2017 FMT Reporters
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KUALA LUMPUR: A woman had covered the head of a North Korean with a cloth, believed to contain some liquid, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday, police said today.

Selangor CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat told Bernama that this happened when the man was at KLIA at 8am to take a 9am flight to Macau yesterday.

“While waiting for the flight, a woman came from behind and covered his face with a cloth laced with a liquid,” he told the news agency.

“Following this, the man was seen struggling for help and managed to obtain the assistance of a KLIA receptionist as his eyes suffered burns as a result of the liquid.

“Moments later, he was sent to the Putrajaya Hospital where he was confirmed dead,” said Fadzil.

He said the case was classified as sudden death pending the post-mortem report on the cause of death.

“I have conveyed the matter to the North Korean Embassy,” he told Bernama.

He also confirmed that the North Korean who died at the airport was Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

However, a statement issued Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the man’s passport bore the name Kim Chol, aged 46, with passport number 836410070, from Pyongyang.

He said the man sought medical assistance from the KLIA2 customer service counter and died on the way to hospital.

Police are now waiting for the post-mortem results, he added.

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